Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ohme Gardens

On our recent trip to Leavenworth, Washington, we made a stop at Ohme Gardens. We've driven by for many years always saying that we'd have to go some day. Unfortunately I think we went on one of the hottest days of all time, or so it felt.

It was about 11:30 am when we got there so decided to have our packed lunch first. I had read reviews saying to wear good shoes because the walkways are made of rock and many levels of ups and downs are throughout the park.

The mere thoughts of the Gardens were started in 1929 when a couple from Germany bought the 40 acres and envisioned their homeland in the barren hillside. It really only began as a family retreat but friends and community members suggested they open it to the public. The family ran the Gardens for 42 years until Mr. Ohme died at the age of 80 in 1971. His son ran it for 20 years and then it was sold to the Washington State Parks and Recreation but is now owned by Chelan county.

typical walkway

There are many pools and what they call waterfalls. I would call them trickles, but they're still pretty. There are also many stone benches along the way to sit and rest. It was so darn hot that we took advantage of that a lot.

There was a map we could follow and trails were marked either 'easy' or 'hard'. Since it was so hot, we took the easy way out. The view was still pretty of Wenatchee and the Columbia river below.

There were several vista points and you never knew where you were going to end up with all the twists of and turns of the paths.

We stopped to rest our weary hot bones and a nice couple offered to take our picture. If no one is around, one of us is usually left out.

I'm glad we went but I just don't think we really were able to take advantage of the whole beautiful park. I bet it has many different looks throughout the year. I doubt that we'll ever go back; we've got a whole lot more to do on our bucket list.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Palouse Falls

Last weekend we had great weather and took a 2 hour drive to the famous Palouse Falls, which seems to appear out of nowhere. The falls is on the Palouse River, upstream from the confluence with the Snake. If you look it up on Google Earth, it's really amazing to see this 200 feet falls. At first all you see is solid brown but as you zoom in closer and closer it will appear as a big hole in the earth. When we got out of our car I could hear it and just a short walk to the edge gave us this magnificent view. For years it was called Aput Aput which means falling water. In 1951 it was changed to commemorate the Palouse Indians.

We walked around the upper edge so we could get several vantage points. I felt bad for my daughter because she packed her camera and tripod and forgot her memory card at home. This is very frustrating for a photographer. So I had to make up for it. These are a few of the basalt spires that form the canyon. It's amazing to think that this area was once covered in water. Four years ago a young man actually took his kayak over the falls and lived to tell about it. It can easily be found on YouTube.

After the falls, the water calmly flows away

I was especially intrigued by what they call Castle Rock, a fascinating set of spires that sits just left of the falls. This is a view from the distance.

And this is a close up. As we walked around to the other side I could see it from above. Sure wouldn't want to fall on it!

This is a place I've wanted to go to for a long time and it ranks up there with one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. In every photo, we noticed the trails way down below and just couldn't figure out how people got down there. We would like to go back someday, without our dog, so we can try our hand at getting a closer look. Maybe.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Wizard

These are only pictures of the F/V Wizard taken in Dutch Harbor Alaska. When we got to the boat it was almost 9:00 am but it was still pitch dark out. It was a little hard navigating from one boat to another but finally we got to a door which led us to the wheel house.

It's smaller than it looks on TV and doesn't sit as high as I thought it did either. But it was cool looking at the instruments. And there's that famous cup of noodles. He's really superstitious and has lots of things on the boat to bring him good luck. Cup of Noodles is one of them. Or maybe it's for his chew......
Ichiro Bobblehead

This is what happens when Capt. Monty leaves his chair, the girls take over. 
The Discovery Channel had already been there and rigged up all the cameras, these are the monitors.
Just cute little things that people have probably given him.
Watching the guys work out in the rain while we're warm and dry inside.
Cute pictures that Keith's daughter has made for him to get him to quit the 'chew'.
Now on to the bunks. Got to check out where the boys sleep, ya know.
Looks like they got someone to keep them company
This must be the greenhorn room, they've got 4 of them stacked in there
Love the clothes dryer
This is where the cameramen sleep. The room is pretty large and the 'office' is on the other side of the room.
The Captain's quarters, right around the corner from the previous room. I'm astounded by the dirty bed, I mean really, get a woman in there to clean this place up. They leave in a few days and the whole place is a pigsty!
How about a couple of fun pictures of the bathroom. Can you say gross?
Glad they cleaned up the place for us. Check out the handle; it works, I tried it.
A giant grocery list. Check out how many rubbers they need, ha.
The hall where the get their gear on. It's is only a few feet wide and looks so much bigger on TV. This is also the area that visitors can sign. We grabbed a nice fresh spot on the air duct.
I waited a long time to do this!
Now, down to the galley. This is their kitchen, it's bigger than I thought it would be. Later, Lenny was cooking up a big breakfast for the guys.
Pretty clean actually
Lenny's very quiet and humble
The new cook?
No explanation needed
This was the funniest part of the boat. Getting off, the net was gone so they had to put the net back and rig up a walkway for Barb. She couldn't leap like I could. Jump or die!
Keith and Barb
Monte on the other boat putting the board down
Give her a hand boys
Yea, she's free!!
That's it for the boat. I'm glad we got there but am still disappointed that we didn't get to go out in some crashing waves. But still, I've been on a boat that not many can make the same claim of.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Last Day, Beaches

The last day of a vacation is truly bittersweet and sometimes downright depressing. Time to get back to the hot, dirty, noisy, city. But first a few pics of the last day.

The day started beautiful and looked to be another hot day. We actually had to ask for a fan for our cabin last night. The heat just stuck around. But this morning is was cool and welcoming.

From the front door of our cabin

We left our cabin about 9:30 to visit a couple of beaches. The first one was called Beach 4. Pretty original huh? My, was it beautiful! It was already warm and not too windy. This is the view at the top.

There was a small trail but pretty easy to navigate, even in flip flops. This was the view on the way down.

The tide was pretty high and the surf was pounding. There's nothing better than the sound of waves crashing on the rocks. From here we drove a few more miles to Kalaloch Beach. I haven't been here since I was a kid. It's not as picturesque as Beach 4 but it's pretty, clean, and not very crowded. We walked a ways, then had a seat in the sand and then when we realized we were feeling kind of hot and red, and decided we better head back to the car.

This is going to hurt tomorrow
When we got back to our cabin, we cleaned, loaded our suitcases and got the car packed with what we could. It was early to bed for us to get ready for a long day of travel back home.

As I type this last bit we've already been on the road for 6 hours with about another 5 to go. Ugh. Thanks for stopping by and following my trip with me, I appreciate it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Log and Mill Tour

Today was the Log and Mill Tour. We had to be in Forks by 8:45; it's about a 15 minute drive. Hubby wanted to leave at 7:30. Huh? I guess he thought there would be tons of traffic. This is the woods man, no traffic here. We arrived at 7:45, a whole hour ahead of schedule. We drove around town awhile and just took our time getting to the Logging Museum.

The van they use holds 14 people, including the driver, and we filled it. It took about 45 minutes to get up to the logging site and we had no idea where we were. It would have been nice if he told us which forest we were in, maybe it was top secret. Half of the drive was on a dirt road. We were bumping along so hard I thought the sides of the van were going to fall off. And it was literally shaking the pee right out of my kidneys. When we got to the site I was desperately looking around for a port-a-potty. I didn't care if it was used by a bunch of manly logger men, I would have used it.

The site wasn't as large as I thought it would be. I guess I watch too much TV.

The required attire of the day
Don't we look like we're having fun? The yarder was not working so there wasn't a whole lot going on. It looked like mostly loading up the trucks.

We then crammed back into the van and headed to the mill. On the way down the hill we stopped briefly to take a picture of Mt. Olympus, which is in the Olympic Mountain Range. Mount Olympus is the largest in the range at almost 8000 feet. When we all piled out of the van, you should have seen the bee line to the bathroom. I guess I'm not the only one that got shook up.

The mill is small with less than 20 employees. Our guide who was a retired logger, walked us through the mill. We had to wear earplugs so I'm afraid I didn't hear anything he was saying.

There really wasn't that much to take pictures of. Plus we were getting tired, hot, and hungry. So that's it for the Mill Tour. I'm glad we went, but probably wouldn't do it again.

Later that evening we took a short drive back to Rialto to catch a sunset. It wasn't as beautiful as some of the pictures I've seen but it was still a nice way to end the day.